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Make Friends & Learn About Birds At The Winged Wisdom & Health Symposium

For residents of New Jersey, there’s a bird event like no other happening October 11.

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Dr. Irene Pepperberg (left) and Lisa A. Bono, owner of the Platinum Parrot, pose for a photo at a past Winged Wisdom & Health Symposium.

Many bird conferences and conventions are busy, loud and hectic — all great things. But if you’re in New Jersey and looking for a quieter, more intimate experience, the "Winged Wisdom & Health Symposium” might be for you. Presented by Lisa A. Bono, ACPBC, owner of the Platinum Parrot, and its clientele, the event will be held on October 11, 2014, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m in a special venue in Barnegat, N.J.

What is the Winged Wisdom & Health Symposium and what makes it so different? "The [symposium] is a community-run event and will have some of the most knowledgeable people traveling in from various states to attend,” Bono said. "We keep the event intimate. We limit reservations so our guests have the time to speak with our featured speakers and with each other.”

Who are those people? The speaker line-up includes:

  • Dr. Irene Pepperberg, most famous for her work with the late African grey, Alex. She is an adjunct associate professor at the Dept. of Psychology , Brandeis University Waltham, MA. She is also a lecturer and research associate at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. She will give an update on her current research at her lab.
  • Dr. Anthony Pilney, DVM, ABVP, who has lectured nationally about exotic pet medicine, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on birds and other exotic species. He also serves as an adjunct professor at LaGuardia Community College, and is the member of a number veterinary organizations. He will speak about MSRA and pet birds.
  • Leigh Ann Hartsfield, the Virginia Education Coordinator for the Phoenix Landing Foundation. Her talk is "Birds Beyond Words,” which will focus on ways you can learn to communicate more clearly with your parrot. 

The price of the ticket is $45. This includes the talks, lunch and a silent auction.

Past "Wing Wisdom & Health” symposiums have been a big hit, and the event been growing every year. "Most people are repeat attendees and the reviews are wonderful," Bono said. "There is a constant barrage of questions leading to the date for the following year. Tickets sell out quickly."

Bono puts a lot of work each year for this event. She hopes attendees will walk away with a sense of camaraderie, knowledge and a thirst to learn more about birds. "The event will empower owners with the knowledge to better care for their birds and understand more about them healthwise and emotionally," she said.

Tickets must be purchased at The Platinum Parrot. Reserve your tickets by calling 609-698-0001 or emailing

Proceeds for the event will benefit the Alex Foundation.

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Posted: September 15, 2014, 4:00 p.m. PDT

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I think I'll check it out since it's not too far. Thanks for the info.
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Posted: 9/17/2014 5:55:08 AM
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